Egypt announced the death of the former president of the Nuclear Power Plants Authority of the Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy, Khalil Yasu, on Friday, after a struggle with the disease.
Yasso is considered one of the prominent Egyptian scientists in the field of nuclear energy, as he worked to revive the project of establishing the “Dabaa” nuclear plant to generate electric power, in the early days of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi assuming power in the country.
Yasu headed the first Egyptian nuclear delegation to Moscow after the nuclear agreement signed between Egypt and Russia, and witnessed by the Russian Presidents Vladimir Putin and the Egyptian Abdel Fattah El-Sisi.
The visit of the Egyptian delegation to Russia lasted for a week, during which it held meetings with officials of the authorities concerned with the Russian nuclear field, to discuss the methods of financing the plant, the proposed capabilities, the number of nuclear reactors, and the time programs for the establishment of the nuclear plants in Al-Dabaa.
The Egyptian delegation visited training centers and preparing Egyptian cadres capable of establishing and operating nuclear reactors, in addition to inspecting a number of nuclear power plants in Russia.
The leaders of the Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy, the Nuclear Power Plants Authority, the Electricity Utility and Consumer Protection Regulatory Agency, the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company and the employees of the Nuclear Power Plants Authority mourned Yasso, stressing that “the deceased played an important role in reviving the Dabaa project during his presidency of the authority.”